The Uniting Church is organised by groups of women and men, lay and ordained, consulting together and making decisions by consensus in each area of the church’s life. The moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia serves as a spiritual and pastoral leader of the church for a three year term.
The first moderator of the Uniting Church in Western Australia was Sir Ronald Wilson, a well-respected lay member of the Uniting Church. Ronald also went on to become the first lay president of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Rev Steve Francis is the current moderator of the Uniting Church in WA, serving until September 2017. Steve’s theme for his term as moderator is ‘Toward healing and wholeness through faith, hope and love.’
Stuart McMillan is the current president of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia and will service until 2015. The president, similar to the moderator, acts as a spiritual and pastoral leader for the church, though at a national level. For more info about Andrew and other leaders of the Assembly visit : Assembly Leaders and Staff
Rev David de Kock currently serves as the general secretary of the Uniting Church in Western Australia. The general secretary is responsible to General Council and manages all aspects of the operation of the church.
Rev Sealin Garlett is the current chairperson for the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) WA Regional Office. Sealin oversees activities of the congress, which looks for ways to express Aboriginal theology within the wider church and is also concerned with pastoral care for Australia’s First Peoples. This foundation for effective ministry in Aboriginal and Islander communities greatly enriches the whole church.
Rev Dennis Corowa is currently serving as the chairperson of the national office of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress which, like the president and the moderator, is also for a three year term. Dennis’s role is similar to Sealin’s, though on a national level, dealing with national issues. The national congress aims to provide an Australia-wide network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
For more information on the UAICC visit http://www.uaicc.org.au/.